2019 Convention: April 10-13, 2019 in Chicago

RCC and ACP will meet jointly and RCC will celebrate its 90th year anniversary, 1929-2019. Theme: Seeing in New Ways: Possibilities and Perceptions

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5 Things You Can Do Today To Support Your Muslim Neighbors

By Erin Wilson

Christchurch, New Zealand.

How can we begin to express our sorrow for the loss of 49 community members, gathered for Friday prayers at two local mosques?

Houses of worship attacked in the name of hate – with guns and at least one car wired to explode. It is unimaginable for most of us.

Christchurch was already a city broken, quite literally, by an earthquake in 2011. It is still suffering from effects of the destruction. Residents know how to be there for one another. They do.

But the seeds of hate sown in this act of violence were deliberate and calculated. Every shot fired into those mosques was meant to inject fear into the hearts of Muslims around the world.

Non-Muslim friends, our Muslim brothers and sisters need us today. All of us. They need us to show up—with our bodies, and with our voices.

Here are 5 things you can do today to unmake violence in honor of those 49 lives lost.

Read more on the Preemptive Love Coalition website...

RCC/ACP Convention offers workshops, awards, plenaries and more

RCC (Religion Communicators Council) and ACP (Associated Church Press) will join for their respective annual meetings on April 10-13, 2019 in Chicago during their joint convention, “Seeing in New Ways: Possibilities and Perceptions.” The planning is being done by a team from both groups. RCC and ACP will share workshops, plenary speakers, networking opportunities, fellowship and faith expressions.

Registration for the convention – which includes all presentations, workshops and scheduled meals, and awards dinners – is $395 until March 25. Registration is open.


Wilbur Awards to celebrate 70 years in Chicago, winners announced for 2019

Religion Communicators Council honors 22 for work during 2018

Wilbur Award trophyNEW YORK — For 70 years, Wilbur awards have honored excellence in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – for communicating religious issues, values and themes. Since the time when they were first given in 1949, award winners are represented by a myriad of individuals, agencies, and networks. Past winners include public figures such as Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, and Morgan Freeman and popular films “Chocolat,” “The Help” and more recently “Hidden Figures.”

This year is no different. The Religion Communicators Council announced 22 Wilbur Award winners on March 8 for work completed in 2018. Contributing to an impressive legacy of uplifting and inspiring secular media, this year’s winners include Mitch Albom’s New York Times bestseller, “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven;” an A&E Lifetime television drama, “Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story;” Vanity Fair’s “Pope Versus Pope,” article on issues surrounding the Catholic Church; a stunning documentary by Irish national television and radio broadcaster RTÉ, “Jesus: Countdown to Calvary;” and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette who won in two categories for their in-depth reporting on the devastating shooting that took place at the Tree of Life synagogue, considered to be the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history.

Other Wilbur winners include CBS News, NBC-WTWO TV, The Associated Press, CNN and several other contributors both locally and internationally.


Register now for the 2019 RCC-ACP Convention​


The full convention schedule and registration link is on the 2019 convention web page. It's going to be a great event with an amazing lineup of speakers, workshop presenters, sponsors and a diverse group of attendees.

Be sure to register by March 25 to get the best pricing on the convention. The Early Bird convention rate of $395 will increase by $30 on March 26 to $425.

We've heard from the convention hotel - the Millennium Knickerbocker in Chicago - that our room block is filling up fast. Our special pricing ends this Sunday, March 10, so now is the time to reserve at our convention rate. Due to other events in Chicago no additional rooms will be available once our reserved block is filled.

See you in Chicago for our 90th Anniversary Celebration!

RCC/ACP Convention Workshops – Three tracks, lots of choices

RCC (Religion Communicators Council) and ACP (Associated Church Press) will join for their respective annual meetings on April 10-13, 2019 in Chicago. Among the many offerings and benefits of this event are workshops focused on professional development for communicators. This year’s theme is Seeing in New Ways: Possibilities and Perceptions.

Need management-focused classes? We got ’em.

How about something technical skills training? We have those, too.

Interested in offerings that support gaining APR (Accredited in Public Relation) certification? This is the time and place.

  • Three tracks: Management – Technology – APR

  • Thirteen Professional Development Workshops (that doesn’t include plenary sessions, panel discussions, and affinity groups).

Here are some samples to pique your interest:


Two national religion communication groups to hold joint convention in Chicago

RCC/ACP ConventionCHICAGO — The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) and the Associated Church Press (ACP), two long established professional associations serving the religious communication community, will meet for a joint national convention in Chicago on April 10-13 at Fourth Presbyterian Church on the Magnificent Mile. RCC celebrates its 90th anniversary as an interfaith organization in 2019 and ACP comes in with 93 years of supporting the life of faith and the Christian community.


Religion Communicators Council announces leadership transition

Jacqueline FullerJacqueline Fuller, executive producer and host of Interfaith Connections in Washington, D.C., has been elected president of the Religion Communicators Council in a special board meeting after the resignation of the Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman, Feb. 2. Heckman had been president since April 2017.

“The board is grateful for the service Bud rendered during his tenure,” said Kurt Gwartney, RCC treasurer.

Eric Shafer has been elected as vice president to fill the role formerly held by Ms. Fuller.

The 90-year-old Religion Communicators Council is a professional association whose mission is to provide opportunities for networking and professional development for people working in communications for a wide variety of faith-based organizations.

RCC recognizes and cultivates excellence in communications of religious faith and values, as well as advances the public’s religious literacy.


Contact: Kurt Gwartney, [email protected], 405-943-7862.

Judith Valente to be keynote speaker at convention opening plenary

Judith ValenteJudith Valente (@judithvalente) is an award-winning author and journalist and 2003 Wilbur Award winner. Her most recent book is How to Live: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community.

She is a sought-after speaker and retreat leader on such subjects as living a more contemplative life, discovering inner wisdom through poetry, and finding meaning in your work. She is a lay associate of the Benedictine monastery Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas, which is the subject of her 2013 memoir, Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith.

Ms. Valente is the senior correspondent for WGLT Radio, an NPR affiliate in central Illinois. She writes for U.S. Catholic and National Catholic Reporter, and is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. She also worked as an on-air correspondent for Chicago Public Radio and Religion & Ethics Newsweekly on national PBS-TV.

Ms. Valente will be the keynote speaker at the RCC/ACP Convention opening plenary in April.


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